SRT to buy 50 new engines
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) plans to buy 50 locomotives to replace its ageing engines, some of which have been in service for almost half a century.
- Published: 26/06/2013 at 07:01 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The locomotive manufactured in China will be a new fleet of engines to be used by the State Railway of Thailand. (SRT photo)
SRT governor Prapat Chongsanguan said Wednesday the railway agency has budgeted 6.5 billion baht for the purchase of 50 new locomotives to haul passenger trains after earlier acquiring 20 Chinese-made engines.
A bid will be called on an e-auction after the terms of reference are complete, he added.
The SRT has already signed a deal worth two billion baht with Santi Forestry Co, which won the bid to supply the agency with 20 diesel-powered locomotives built by CSR Qushuya. Under the contract, the firm is to deliver the first engine in 15 months and the rest five months later.
The new engines will be used for freight trains for the Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri province.
Mr Prapat made no guarantee that the Chinese firm will have an advantage over other competitors to clinch the contract to supply the bigger lot of 50 locomotives.
The last time the SRT bought a new fleet of locomotives was in 1995. They were supplied by GE of the United States. One of the oldest models currently in service also was purchased from GE, and put on the tracks for the first time in 1964.
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